Distraction is the divided attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. Distraction is caused by: the lack of ability to pay attention; lack of interest in the object of attention; or the great intensity, novelty or attractiveness of ...

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How do I deal with distractions when working on a computer?

I spend most of my working day on a computer and know that when I am "in the zone" I am extremely productive. Getting to "the zone" is very dependent upon the task itself and environmental distraction ...
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How to cope with “idea overflow”?

How do I cope with "idea overflow"? My constant stream of new ideas is preventing me from realizing old ideas. Specifically, I recently started two big projects. I started from scratch and had to ...
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My thoughts distract me, how do I keep my focus?

I recently started working full-time as a software developer. [potentially unnecessary background info here] I've always had a problem focusing. It's very difficult for me to push down my curiosity ...
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What are the first steps to unfreezing a mind paralyzed with stuff bouncing around in it?

This happens to me so often I've lost track. I have so many things to do. One thing gets to the frontal lobe (top of the heap, whatever) then something else jumps on top of it before I have a chance ...
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How to stop being controlled by others opinions?

I'm 21 years old. And I dream to be a computer programmer, I really do. The problem is (I am going to get a bit technical here) that when i decide to learn a certain programming language that i see my ...
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How to concentrate (read a book or work) when other people are talking instead of listening to their conversation?

I find it very difficult to concentrate on a task, if people are talking in the "neighborhood", e.g. reading a book in the tram or train or in a doctor's waiting room where other people are ...
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How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
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How to keep focused without losing interest?

I am not sure how common is this, but I experience loss of interest pretty often. Unlike many people, my problem is not in starting things but in sustaining the interest. One day, I decide that I am ...
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My open office is not effective in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this?

We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase productivity. However I find that the increase in distractions, both sound and visual negates this due to the difficulty in ...
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How to get motivation to do important things in the morning?

I have developed a very bad routine of checking my emails, twitter and few other websites after waking up in the morning. Generally, i wake up at 8 AM and start with my important things very late, ...
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Is there an automatic time tracking application? [closed]

I'm looking for a time tracking tool to monitor and boost my productivity. What I have in mind is a program that works in the background and keeps track of which application is active at any given ...
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I don't want to study. I don't want to think. I want to have fun

I always end up playing a game or something when I'm supposed to study. Hey, having fun is a lot more fun than studying, right? What can I do to make the consequences of my action seem more real? I ...
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How to focus on a long class?

I'm a college student who finds it very easy to be distracted. One important sentence missed means I'll have trouble understanding the rest of the class. Sometimes this can be solved by asking someone ...
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How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

I have a habit of talking "loudly" to myself. I get an immense satisfaction by doing so. At the same time, I tend to do this in the market, while driving the scooter, working on a C program. ...
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How can I learn to say “no” and fight back?

I think that sometimes I accept that what other people say takes a priority over my own time or my personal choices. Also I'm not so "fighter" type. For example, suppose that if I go to rent an ...
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Dealing with distractions during wait

The biggest problem for me are distractions that slow down my progress. Too often instead of pushing the main task forward I switch to the other task/check my email/etc. It doesn't mean I'm ...
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How to force myself to reach office on time?

Money wasn't so important to me ever (no I am NOT rich), they cut my salary on my late arrival and I don't care. My team lead doesn't grumble on my late arrival. The deadlines here are flexible as ...
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How to get a song out of your head

I have a problem, in that my head is sometimes like a broken iPod player. When I'm supposed to concentrate on a job, or simply try and shut my mind down to go to sleep, a song will pop into my head. ...
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Is there an adopted strategy for dealing with cell phones ringing in the office?

I work in office with a kind of a cubicle farm arrangement where sound propagates no-problem. When a cell phone not in silent mode rings it can be heard in at least 10-meters range and therefore ...
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How to do intellectual work pressed by deadline under extremely bad emotional conditions

Which strategies can help you get your intellectual work done, under these conditions: Work of an intellectual nature (e.g. PhD thesis, scientific paper, etc) Strict deadline because of life ...
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Concentrating on reading in a noisy environment

Imagine you're living in a noisy environment. It means. You're in a flat in block of flats surrounded closely by other block of flats There is a play ground under your window where children and ...
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Binaural beats for productivity

A collegue of mine is trying binaural beats for productivity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_beats I don't know what it is yet, but apparently it's special sounds that can have a relaxing ...
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Keeping in 'The Zone' when phones ring, people talk etc

I have just started a new job, as a programmer I have to get in 'The Zone' to get alot of work done, I do this by listening to music and just getting on with it. But people kept talking to me, as I ...
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Does it make sense to continuously listen to some sounds to avoid mind wanderings?

Are there studies or evidence that suggest that continuously listening to sounds helps prevent the mind from wandering or increase focus and productivity during activities such as studying or ...
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Facts only news sources

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
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Third Place, Where to get things done outside or workplace and home

I'm looking for another place to work on a coding project outside of my home (which isn't working) and outside of my workplace. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have a secluded place where you can ...
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How to refocus after being distracted?

I practise pomodoro technique and for the most part it works pretty well. However, sometimes when I do get distracted (today it's been bitcoin, and Tinder), I find it hard to get back in the zone. ...
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How to focus on the current task and avoid any distractions?

I'm often finding myself getting distracted very easily: I walking to another room to do something (e. g. fetch something, write down something or do a task), on the way I'm seeing something that ...
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Time management strategies for computer science students

Over the past few months, I've been contributing to both Wikipedia and Stack Overflow, and working on open source software projects. However, I've found that my obsession with software development has ...
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Dealing with distractions from GMail

GMail is my office mail. A lot of my work has pieces where I need some information from email or replying to email. I go into gmail to search for something or send a reply to an email and then end up ...
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How to overcome confusion?

Now-a-days I get confused at small things. When It comes to making choices/taking decisions, I get confused and unable to make my own choices even if the choices are not a big deal. When I have to ...
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How to withstand a highly distractive environment, or else, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go'

The headline here is: I live in a frat house with 10 other people. They are noisy, frisky people, and living with them greatly improved my drinking social skills, and I loved it at first, but I'm ...
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How can I better stay focused - My mind runs at 100mph when I try to focus

I finished my first year at university and I found that I really have trouble focusing. I know the tricks of limiting distractions, but even in an empty room my mind is always running and thinking ...
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Stop avoiding bad news

I have a problem that hinders me in several places in life where, when I believe that bad news is imminent, I take up sometimes outrageous levels of inconvenience and anti-productive behavior to avoid ...
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How do I maintain focus towards work for extended periods?

I work in a team and after some days of regular focus & productivity, normally towards the end of the month, I lose interest in the work. It usually takes about a week to regain focus but, this ...
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Alternative methods to get focused & get things done

I am having the hardest time getting focused some days and I like what I do but just liking is not enough to keep the steam going. Sometimes the usual methods work but some days nothing seems to help ...
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Avoiding the Inbox

I keep a relatively clutter free email inbox, but it just keeps filling up and it is difficult to ignore those messages. Turning off popups has really helped, but I need to create a new email message ...
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Reducing procrastination / Incentivising work completion?

Though working, going to college and working on startups... I still have trouble staving off procrastination such as television shows, movies and online multiplayer gaming. How do I reduce this ...
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How to avoid my Laziness [closed]

I'm working in a company as a software trainee. My question is how to avoid my laziness. I work in the shift 9am to 6pm My problems are Sleeping late usually at 4am Waking up late usually at 8:30 ...
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Distracting thoughts while doing Yoga?

I have been doing yoga for a long time every morning. But there is a problem with my thoughts while i am doing yoga. These thoughts distract me and breaks continuation. After few minutes i have to ...
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Getting rid of an “I'll do it later” habit [closed]

I am in the IT industry working with software all day long from logic to code. Sometimes, very seemingly small things take a long time while larger tasks are solved in jiffy. I have a habit of ...
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Hide related content on popular websites [closed]

I am looking for an addon (preferably Firefox) or program that does the following to increase productivity, but I have no been able to find one using Google. The tool should hide suggestions to read ...
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Team work and productivity: Noisy office vs quite room [closed]

I'm having a meeting in two hours and need lots of references and points. Basically, my university has a module for software development with a real client. Some of my team members work in the ...
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What things can I do to be successful in a job training program?

I have recently been confirmed a position of a Management Trainee Officer in a banking corporation. I will be attending in the training program for 2 years. Based on the performance of the program, my ...
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How to realize oneself that career is above all distractions? [closed]

Daily in day to day life, there are events that occur which distracts us. But still how can we combat from such distractions and come out so that it does not affect our work. It seems strange..Any ...
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0answers
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Redirected during the day: Can I reduce the negative impact?

I wanted a job. During the interview I was asked a common question: How well do you handle being switched to a different task in the middle of a day? Things move pretty fast around here. Of ...
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How to focus on reading while the TV is on [duplicate]

My girlfriend loves watching TV but I like to read. I have a lot of trouble focusing between the noise and visual of the TV. I still want to spend that time relaxing with her because we're lucky to ...
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I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help with this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best headphones/earplugs to drown out loud nearby conversations I am very distracted by noise, are there good headphones that can help me? I wasn't sure if this ...